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The Undulator, Wellington

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The UndulatorIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Hamish Laing

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Trail Information

28.90km

2020m

2020m

 

Wellington

Martinborough

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Mountainous

Native bush

Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
6:00 (Moderate)
4:00 (Fast)

-14.1%

+14.2%

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Description

This beautiful but rugged route runs through some of the lesser traveled country in the North Island. Starting from the Mangatoetoe river mouth the route traverses four major undulations before finishing at the Putangirua Pinnacles.

If you're not racing take your time at the end to explore the interesting Pinnacle formations as you come to the finish.

This track should only be attempted by those comfortable in the backcountry. Although most of the route follows marked DoC tracks, there are sections of stream travel where the track is not always obvious. Be sure to turn East at Kawakawa Hut and watch out for the ongaonga!

Mangatoetoe hut is found by following markers off the river bed onto a nice track to the hut. From this hut make sure to follow the markers which will lead you up the correct stream in a North East direction. When approaching Kawakawa Hut cross the stream to river right to pick up the hut and head East from the hut towards Pararaki Hut. There is one well sign posted turn off as you are approaching the end down to the Pinnacles. Take this track down to the finish.

For a more detailed route description head to the Aorangi Undulator website


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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 70%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 10%


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  • Access

    From Martinborough, take Lake Ferry Road south and turn off at Cape Palliser Road towards Ngawi and Cape Palliser. Follow the coast around past the Pinnacles and Ngawi. Turn left onto the access road after crossing the bridge just before Mangatoetoe. There is plenty of parking space at the end of the track.

    No public transport

    66 km

    60 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

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    Mangatoetoe hut is found by following markers off the river bed onto a nice track to the hut. From this hut make sure to follow the markers which will lead you up the correct stream in a North East direction. When approaching Kawakawa Hut cross the stream to river right to pick up the hut and head East from the hut towards Pararaki Hut. There is one well sign posted turn off as you are approaching the end down to the Pinnacles. Take this track down to the finish.

    Unknown.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    Plenty of huts and streams along the way.

    Be aware of multiple river and stream crossings. Be very careful after heavy rain as the rivers can come up quickly. Remember they will also drop quickly so best to wait out any crossing which you aren't comfortable with.

    Watch out for the Ongaonga (native stinging nettle)!

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